Category:
Exercise and Fitness

A Slithering Spa


At Ada Barak's spa in northern Israel, slithering snakes don't give people the creeps. They give deep-tissue massages. For several years, Barak has been entertaining visitors to her carnivorous plant farm by passing around samples of the small reptiles her plants will consume. When her visitors claimed that holding the serpents was soothing, she got an idea, and thus, the Slithering Spa was born. Barak claims that the heavier king and corn snakes produce a kneading sensation as they move across your body. Want to get your own Snake Massage? Time magazine has more information.

Posted By: Nethie - Thu May 07, 2009 - Comments (8)
Category: Animals, Body, Exercise and Fitness, Nature

The Bicycle Shower


Combining your workout with a shower could save some time, I suppose. Though I'm not sure if that was the intended purpose of this invention. From the Chicago Tribune, Jan 18, 1903.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Apr 21, 2009 - Comments (14)
Category: Bathrooms, Exercise and Fitness, Hygiene, Inventions, 1900s

The Treadmill Challenge

Weirdness from the world of Japanese game shows:


Posted By: Alex - Sat Apr 11, 2009 - Comments (9)
Category: Exercise and Fitness, Games, Television, Asia

Television-Related Disorders

Two television-related disorders reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Television Angina: Observed at a clinic for coronary diseases... This affected 20% of those patients with angina pectoris who watched television programs and was provoked by seeing violent incidents on the screen... commercials were innocuous, but Westerns and plays or films depicting violence or excitement often provoked anginal attacks. (JAMA, Apr 25, 1959)

Television Legs: Canada has discovered the syndrome of "TV legs," thereby demonstrating what should have been obvious, namely, that if a youngster habitually slumps in front of a TV screen for hours at a time, he will not end up as physically fit as his forefathers did. A physical fitness director in a thriving Toronto suburb surveyed 300 children in a day-long series of tests, and showed that 55% could not pass the minimum tests and 85% failed the maximum tests. The most common fault was a lack of flexibility in the legs and lower back, traceable to spending long hours sitting in front of TV sets... It is going to be difficult to find a set of controls who do not view TV and thus to assess the exact part played by this pastime in promoting ill-health. (JAMA, Apr 19, 1958)

Posted By: Alex - Thu Apr 02, 2009 - Comments (8)
Category: Exercise and Fitness, Health

Co-ed Pig Wrestling

As Mr. Skip Peterson tells us: "This is an annual fund raiser held in Buffalo, Wyoming, for a local gymnastics team. Contestants have one minute to get the greased hog, butt first into the barrel. The coed team must also dip their hands into a bucket of Crisco before the game begins. The winning time this year was 7.45 seconds. Every team had a freash pig and each pig was only allowed to participate one time. Enjoy!"


2008 Coed Pig Wrestling Championships from skip peterson on Vimeo.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Mar 08, 2009 - Comments (19)
Category: Agriculture, Animals, Education, Entertainment, Exercise and Fitness, Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts, Sports, Men, Women

Pavel Tsatsouline

Submit to the stern Russian discipline of Pavel Tsatsouline!!!





Posted By: Paul - Tue Feb 10, 2009 - Comments (17)
Category: Exercise and Fitness, Fads, Russia

Speedfit Treadmobil

The Speedfit Treadmobil is either a brilliant idea or a completely stupid one. I'm leaning toward the latter.

Arguments in its favor: probably puts less stress on your knees than regular running, and you may be able to pick up some speed on flat surfaces.

Argument against it: You'll look like an idiot on it.

Posted By: Alex - Fri Nov 14, 2008 - Comments (5)
Category: Exercise and Fitness, Products

The Face Workout

I'm not about to try these exercises. I'd worry my face would get stuck that way.

Posted By: Alex - Mon Sep 22, 2008 - Comments (1)
Category: Exercise and Fitness, Video

Kiddie Treadmills

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Those tykes today! if they're not wearing Baby High Heels, they're improving their lung capacity like little Wall Street "Masters of the Universe" on special kiddie treadmills. Read all about the craze here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Sep 18, 2008 - Comments (16)
Category: Business, Products, Exercise and Fitness, Fads, Family, Children, Parents, Frauds, Cons and Scams, Technology

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